Mercedes has unveiled its latest A-Class, which has had a significant exterior and interior refresh. The manufacturer is boldly claiming the new model is the ‘benchmark’ in the compact hatchback class.
The main updates are on the inside. The dashboard has been modernised in-line with the manufacturer’s other cars, with two infotainment displays – either seven-inch or 10.25-inch on higher trim levels.
The A-Class is also the first Mercedes model to features its new multimedia system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). It means the infotainment can be fully personalised to suit the driver, while it is said to “create an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers”. It uses voice recognition similar to Apple’s Siri, and is operated by using the words “Hey Mercedes”.
Petrol units feature mainly in the new model, with the choice of 1.4- or 2.0-litre engines that produce 161bhp and 221bhp respectively. The only diesel option available is a 114bhp 1.5-litre unit.
Elsewhere you get turbine-style illuminated air-con vents, 64-colour ambient lighting and heated seats with optional massaging function.
Mercedes has also ramped up the safety kit, too. Radar-guided cruise control, active steering assist, active lane changing and a semi-autonomous driving mode are all available.
The A-Class was Mercedes’ top-selling car in the UK in 2017, and was one of the best-selling cars last year, even in its last year in full production.
It is available to order in the UK in March, with the first customer deliveries expected in June.